The new Audi RS6 has been snapped during its development testing at the Nurburgring. Based on the all-new A6 Avant, albeit with substantial body and powertrain modifications, the new model will likely debut at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
Like all RS branded models, the new RS6 gets a major exterior overhaul, with more aggressive front bumper borrowed from the new RS7, a fresh rear bumper, flared wheel arches, wider side skirts, larger alloy wheels and a pair of huge oval exhaust tips. The standard A6’s chrome grille and door trims have also been swapped for gloss black units.
The RS6 will likely be powered by the VW Group’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol, also found under the bonnet of the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga. Performance will be fed through an S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission to all four wheels via Audi’s ‘Quattro’ all-wheel drive system.
In standard form, this engine would give the RS6 around 600bhp. However, Audi is also planning a more powerful electrified version of drivetrain with almost 700bhp. Should this powertrain reach production, the RS6 will be one of the fastest estate cars on the market, with a potential 0–62mph time of around 3.5 seconds.
Inside, expect a pair of deeply-bolstered sports seats and a leather-trimmed sports steering wheel, as well as Audi’s latest infotainment system. As the RS6 sits at the top of the model’s range, expect only the larger 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 10.1-inch dash mounted infotainment screen to be offered.
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